Middle Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College are joining forces to tackle the state’s rural doctor shortage by creating a fast track from undergraduate to medical school.

Students accepted into the special program would attend three years at MTSU, earn a bachelor’s degree and then go straight into three years of medical school at Meharry, according to an early outline of the plan. A $750,000 pot of state funding would offset their tuition.

In return, the students would have to agree to work for at least two years in parts of Tennessee that need doctors the most.

SOURCE: www.tennessean.com